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Calliope History at Mechanical Music Press Site
By Art Reblitz

Mechanical Music Press announces its new page devoted to air calliopes
made between 1900 and the 1930s.  We include illustrated descriptions
of the Ori Pneumatic Calliope, Tangley Calliaphone, Electrotone,
Harrington/National New-Tone, Artizan Air-Calio, and Wurlitzer Caliola
at this address: 

We include a history of each company, the people involved in their
production, photos of known models and rare variations (including the
mechanisms inside, where these pictures were available); descriptions
of how they work, pipework and other features.  By clicking on each
thumbnail picture at the right side of the page, it will open series
of full-size pictures and captions.  You'll see many different models,
from the popular Tangley to the extremely rare upside-down brass pipe
Wurlitzer Caliola.

At the very bottom of the page are two buttons.  One will open a
database report, where you'll find details on existing instruments
(not active yet).  The other already opens an online form where you
may add details of your air calliope or any other one, to preserve the
information and help create a more detailed history for current and
future study.  If you submit information, you may remain anonymous in
the registry or check a box if you want your name included with the

The air calliope pages were written by Mechanical Music Press webmaster
Terry Hathaway, with help from Fred Dahlinger, Dana Johnson, Glenn
Grabinsky, Terry Smythe, Tim Westman, Dan Dohman, and Art Reblitz.
Graphics and photos were provided by Dana Johnson, Joe Hilferty,
Q.  David Bowers, Tim Westman, Paul Manganaro, Terry Hathaway and
Art Reblitz.

Mechanical Music Press is sponsored by Reblitz Restorations Inc.

Art Reblitz - Reblitz Restorations Inc.
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA 

(Message sent Sun 15 Nov 2015, 01:38:20 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

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